Fred Secombe

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Rev. Frederick Thomas Secombe (31 December 1918 – 8 December 2016) was a Welsh Anglican clergyman and author, best known as the older brother of Sir Harry Secombe.

Born in Swansea, Fred Secombe was named after his father, and was a graduate of St David's College, Lampeter.

An ordained Deacon and Vicar in The Church in Wales, he served his first assistant curacy in South Wales, later as a vicar. He later moved to St. Mary's Church, Hanwell, as Rector, in west London and was appointed Prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral, London.

He was the author of ten humorous books based on his experiences as a Vicar in South Wales.[1]

He died on 8 December 2016, shortly before his 98th birthday.[2]


  • How Green was my Curate (1989)
  • A Curate for all Seasons (1990)
  • Goodbye Curate (1992)
  • Hello Vicar! (1994)
  • A Comedy of Clerical Errors (1995)
  • The Crowning Glory (1996)
  • Pastures New (1997)
  • The Changing Scenes of Life (1998)
  • Mr. Rural Dean (2000)
  • Two Vandals and a Wedding (2001)


  1. ^ Larsen, David L. (November 2007). Oracles and Odysseys of the Clergy: Images of the Ministry in Western Literature. AuthorHouse. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-4343-3079-6. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  2. ^ Chris Peregrine (2016-12-12). "Tributes to Sir Harry Secombe's brother and author Rev Fred Secombe who has died at 98". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 2016-12-12.